I hope everyone had a good holiday season. To be honest, I didn’t but I was still very blessed overall and was very happy to be with family. I was going to write about some of the hardships that came my way in December but I’ve decided to go a different route. It’s a new year so no need to dwell on what didn’t go so well for me last month. The reality is that 2018 might actually prove to be a more difficult year for me, but I’m not going to focus on that tonight. Instead, I’m going to concentrate on small goals that I can control.
Of course New Year’s Day is naturally a good time to reflect on goals, and I think one thing I’d like to do differently this year is actually make more specific goals. Not something so broad that it becomes meaningless For example, I want to build my portfolio. But what does that even really mean? That goal is too broad and I’ll likely not get anywhere with it. What will it take to reach that goal? How many pictures? In what style? What theme? I’ve realized I don’t always give my goals the structure they need for me to attain them. So, tonight I think I’ll sit by myself think through some of these goals, write them down, and be prepared for a new year.
In other news, here is a landscape painting I did for my dad and step-mom. It is the first landscape I’ve painted, at least from what I can remember. I used one of my husband’s photographs as reference.
I’m going to let you know a little secret about myself. I’m an artist, but I don’t often sketch in a sketchbook, at least not in a way that you can imagine most artists do. I tend to get an idea in my head, draw it and finish it. I don’t do a lot of doodling, thumbnails or sketches beforehand. I don’t draw daily. I believe this hinders my creativity and experimentation with compositions. What’s worse is that many of my ideas never make it to paper. How many of you can say the same thing about your own ideas that never come to fruition?
I’ve decided to try to do a sketchbook challenge for myself. I’ve tried before and failed, but I’m giving myself another chance. What is the challenge? It’s simple. I just need to completely fill one sketchbook by October. Two full months isn’t really a lot of time to fill a sketchbook, but I think the shorter deadline will keep me focused. I’ll share my progress and thoughts as I go, and show the sketchbook at the end.
I want you to do this with me! Maybe you aren’t an artist, but maybe you like to write. Make a goal to fill a journal, or write so many pages or words. Maybe you are a photographer. Make a goal to take pictures daily, or a certain number of pictures by October. Maybe you like to color. Fill an entire coloring book. It doesn’t really matter what you choose to do, the point is to push your creativity further.
You are welcome to share your progress with me along the way. I’d love to hear from you.
We’ve hit a milestone at Murdock’s Gallery. We recently added our 400th image! Wow! That’s a lot of art and photography. What this means is that we now have over 400 fine art prints for sale as well as other items like pillows, tote bags and phone cases. I’m pretty excited.
For those that may be new to my site, Murdock’s Gallery, is a site I share with my husband. We do photography together, and I’m also an artist. We sell images of portraits, landscapes, nature scenes, floral and macro. We’ve worked hard over the last few months to add to our gallery and hope you enjoy the new images. And, Christmas is right around the corner! You may find some gift ideas. Check us out at murdocksgallery.com
Here are a few images that helped us reach 400.